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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 14:05

Three Pint Stance - When beer fests go EXTREME!

Recently, I had the pleasure to pour for Gneiss Brewing Company at the 2019 Extreme Beer Festival in Boston. This is the fourth time Gneiss has attended the festival and it just gets more fun every year. 

This year brought an interesting wrinkle to the festivities, as the organizers, BeerAdvocate, asked brewers to bring “Extreme Session Beers” – beers that are at or below five percent alcohol but also utilize ingredients or techniques that make them extreme! 

There were all sorts of wonderful low-alcohol beers packed with flavor, a favorite of mine being the Key Lime Gose from Weldworks Brewing.

At Gneiss, we brewed up a beer inspired by Mexican sipping chocolate and cheeseball Star Wars jokes called “Hot Rebellion,” an Anti-Imperial Stout made with cocoa nibs, cinnamon and habanero peppers. Clocking at 2.5 percent, it had a ton of flavor but wouldn’t get you so drunk that you can’t pilot your X-Wing home.

(Editor’s note: I’m disappointed that you didn’t use blue milk in the process. That being said, I’m proud of your commitment to safety and responsibility. Friends don’t let friends fly drunk.)

New to EBF this year was the VIP ticket, which got attendees in 30 minutes early as well as access to the VIP lounge where they were serving some special beers and free pickles! I think every brew fest needs to have pickles from here on out, but that’s just me. I’ve seen some festivals where the VIP ticket doesn’t really get you much, but BeerAdvocate really seemed to make it worth the upcharge. 

All in all, it was another fantastic weekend celebrating the quirky weird things that seem to unite us all in the Brewing community. Sure, we all love a classically crafted pilsner, but sometimes it’s fun to try a beer made with hot dog water too. I mean, it wasn’t good, but that’s not the point!

It was so … EXTREME! 

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 14:22

Three Pint Stance - A whirlwind of a weekend

On most days, my job is pretty cool. If you haven’t read the italicized text at the end of the article in a while, I spend my working hours selling and marketing beer for the brewery I co-founded, Gneiss Brewing Company in Limerick, Maine.

So, back to my job being cool. Usually, I have mundane things to do, clients to visit, invoices to create, marketing materials to prepare, sales reports to analyze, yada yada yada. Sounds like a regular job, right? It pretty much is, but I get to do all of these things while surrounded by really tasty beer and people who LOVE really tasty beer. This is what makes my job pretty cool, and if you disagree, I look forward to reading your column about that.

Last weekend (beer industry weekend, so Thursday through Sunday), however, my job was EXTRA cool.

(If you are sick of the bragfest, I’ll see you back here for the continuation of my “Questions from the first-time home brewer” column. If you are waiting for a dentist appointment and your phone is dead and this is the best you have, STRAP IN!!!)

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 14:12

Three Pint Stance - An Extreme weekend

This past weekend, Gneiss Brewing Company was lucky enough to be invited to pour at BeerAdvocate’s Extreme Beer Festival in Boston. EBF is one of the most well-known festivals this side of the Mississippi, and with good reason. It is a festival where some of the best breweries in the country come together to celebrate beer that pushes boundaries and redefines what a beer can be. 

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